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Webinar: Low Dose Ketamine Use in the Non-ICU Setting for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Pain
Thursday, November 07, 2019, 01:00pm - 02:00pm


Pamela A. Dockx, BSN RN CPON®
Staff Nurse III
Boston Children's Hospital


Brittany Frazer, CPNP MSN RN CPHON®
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Children’s National Hospital


Julie Gegg, PharmD BCOP
Clinical Pharmacist
Boston Children's Hospital


Laura Corr, BSN RN CPHON®
Children’s National Hospital
Boston Children's Hospital

Webinar Description

Managing severe pain in children, adolescents, and young adults with oncologic malignancies and sickle cell disease present a challenge to members of the multidisciplinary team. Traditional pain treatment strategies rely primarily on opioid analgesia (Wang, 2015) in addition to complementary therapies to provide comfort. Despite these interventions, many patients report inadequate pain control and adverse effects. These side effects can range from tolerable (pruritis) and dose-dependent (constipation) to life-threatening (respiratory depression, sedation). Refractory pain is a common reason for hospital readmission in this patient population, specifically in patients with sickle cell disease or patients being treated at the end of life. Ketamine, a dissociative anesthetic used for sedation, has traditionally been administered in the operating room or in an intensive care unit (ICU) setting with stringent monitoring parameters. In patients with persistent pain despite traditional analgesic interventions, adjuvant therapy with low-dose ketamine infusions have proven beneficial (Hagedorn, 2016). Low-dose ketamine infusions are associated with opioid-sparing effects, improved pain management, and improvement in the child's ability to interact with their family (Finkel, 2007).


Registration Information

Live webinars are an APHON member-only benefit.  APHON members can access the ACE Center and select the “Enroll” button to register for the live webinar.  Prior to the live webinar, members can log back into the ACE Center and easily launch the live webinar through the Learning Center Current tab by clicking the link that states, “Click here to access the 11/7/2019 webinar scheduled to begin at 1 pm CST”.

Within 24 hours following the conclusion of the live webinar, participants who completed the entire live webinar will be enrolled in the post-webinar CNE Post Test and Evaluation. This can be easily found by logging into the ACE Center and entering the Learning Center Current tab and clicking the “Launch” button to begin. Members may choose to deduct 1 credit from their free CNE bank to earn 1 CNE contact hour following successful completion of the post-test and evaluation.

This information will be made available at a later date as a self-paced course in the ACE Center for both members who are unable to attend the live webinar and non-members to access. Members may find this course available in their free product catalog and may choose to deduct 1 credit from their free CNE bank to earn contact hours following successful completion of the CNE post-test and evaluation. Non-members may purchase the self-paced course and CNE post-test and evaluation for $29 in the APHON online store and may log into the ACE Center to complete the activity.

CNE Accreditation

Participants will be awarded 1 CNE contact hour upon completion of the entire webinar, post-test, and evaluation. 

The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers' Commission on Accreditation.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationship(s)

All individuals in a position to control the content of this educational activity report no conflict of interest.

Location:  Online



Disclaimer: APHON does not participate in the planning or execution of the provider course or any local chapter activity, and does not endorse any material produced by local chapters.